CHLNet Team

Canadian Health Leadership Network is comprised of a small core team of staff, advisors and emeritus positions, and a Secretariat that works in partnership with Network Partner organizations across Canada.  Click here to view the organization structure.

Kelly Grimes

Executive Director

Kelly Grimes is CHLNet’s Executive Director and responsible for its strategic plan, business plan and budget in consultation with its 43 Network Partners. She has participated in various health leadership studies, most recently the return on investment in leadership development, and the Canadian Health Leadership Benchmarking Survey. In addition to this role, Kelly maintains ongoing consulting projects at the macro, meso and micro levels of the health system such as: the role of physician assistants in health systems; health technology assessment in Canada; and evaluating Ontario’s Family Health Team Initiative.

Melanie Abdelnour

Office Manager

Melanie Abdelnour is the part-time Office Manager for the Canadian Health Leadership Network. Prior to joining CHLNet, Melanie worked as a Project Administrator consultant with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She has completed her Master’s Certificate in Project Management and holds a BA in Art History, both from Carleton University. Melanie has also completed editorial internships and enjoys working on her blog in her spare time.

Graham Dickson

Senior Research Advisor

 Graham Dickson is a senior research advisor to CHLNet and is an academic advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He is also a member of the LEADS Collaborative, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to applying LEADS to enhance leadership capacity in the health sector. Currently he also participates in an international initiative called the World Federation of Medical Managers, devoted to developing a common approach to developing medical leaders in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Prior to leaving Royal Roads University, Graham was the founding Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research. Graham led the development of LEADS and helped develop the Master of Arts in Leadership (health specialization) at Royal Roads University.

Bill Tholl

Senior Policy Advisor

Bill Tholl, O.C., is an author, senior strategic policy advisor, leadership consultant and thought leader working in the health and health care field. Until July 2017 he served as the Founding President and CEO of HealthCareCAN: the voice of Canada’s health care organizations and hospitals. Prior to his appointment in March 2014, Bill served as Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (2009-2014); CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Medical Association (2001-2008), and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1995-2001).

The Globe and Mail has described Bill as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it”. He is a sought-after speaker, being billed recently by CHLNet as a “leader of leaders” on the Canadian health scene.

Bill holds a graduate degree in health economics (from University of Manitoba) and has published widely, most recently as the co-author of Bringing Leadership in Health to Life: Second Edition (Springer, 2020) and as lead author of Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World (Canadian Society of Association Executives, 2010). He is the recipient of numerous national awards, most recently being appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada (2019). He is also a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D), currently serving (and having served) on several non-profit and for-profit Boards.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bill and his wife, Paula, live in Ottawa and have three children and five grandchildren.